Climate Concerns: Guidance for the resource & waste management sector


Earlier this year, CIWM set out to understand thoughts and opinions on climate change amongst CIWM members and other key stakeholders within the resource and waste management sector.

It has shared that the findings of this survey, Climate Concerns: Stakeholder Insights, publishing its insights below.

This is the first piece of work from CIWM’s Climate Emergency Strategic Expert Group (SEG), whose role is to provide insight and advice on policy issues relating to climate change that impact the resources and waste sector and affect members today.

Some highlights from the report include:

  • Impact of climate change is seen as the biggest concern (36%), but the scale of the problem was indicated by only 9%
  • Nearly two-thirds (65%) were familiar with the concept of sustainability and over half (53%) with the idea of zero waste
  • Almost 9 out of 10 (88%) use professional bodies – including CIWM – as a trusted source of climate change information
  • Over half (59%) stated that training and knowledge sharing is a priority when making climate change adaptions.


SECTION 1 – Introduction 

What is climate change? 

What is the relationship between climate change and the sector? 

How can we address the issue of climate change? 

What was the aim of this research?

What is the purpose of this report? 

How did we approach this research? 

SECTION 2 – Key Findings 

Concerns and Impacts 

Familiarity with climate change concepts 

Sources of information 

Adaptation and mitigation work 

The Role of CIWM 

SECTION 3 – Conclusions and Recommendations 



SECTION 4 – Appendices 

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